fall with open arms.
Most of you know that Terry and I kept the road hot
between home and Florida this year with multiple week-long trips. First it was
to fluff up a new-to-us place and then to relax from the hard work, all of
which meant home-sweet-home got short shrift.
|I'm tired of living out of a suitcase.|
Our kitties were bewildered but fared well because
of our wonderful neighbors. Between the automatic sprinklers and a watering
system Terry rigged up for the porch and deck plants, everything survived. But I
can’t say anything thrived except volunteer privet hedge, brambles and weeds.
Now that we’ve settled down to our regular fall
routine (UALR choir for Terry), I’ve been playing catch up on flowerbeds, getting
them ready for fall planting. I cut back the peonies and iris, but the
periwinkle looked so pretty I decided to leave it a while longer. A little
later, I’ll trade them for ornamental cabbage, mums and violas.
I haven’t figured out my color scheme beyond the mums
and ornamental grass on the front porch. I dusted off my autumn wreath, but I’m
waiting to buy pumpkins and gourds. I want them to last through Thanksgiving.
The lesson for me in all this is that when I spread
myself too thin, something suffers. I can’t have flourishing plants without
being present to deadhead and feed them. Brambles, privet and weeds will take
over if I don’t systematically remove them. I should have planted fewer pots on
the deck, but the periwinkle was the right choice for that little flower bed by
That’s the way my life is too. When I sign up for
too many things, it shows up in stress and/or performance. I think God gives us
new seasons where he says it’s okay to lay down one thing to make time for
another or to just be for a while. Giving
myself permission to do so can be a challenge because I don’t like to
disappoint people. And I must admit I’m pretty invested in some activities.
|My favorite birthday gift this year|
I recently turned over a job to someone at church
and felt such relief. I was glad that no one tried to talk me out of it—people sometimes
do, you know.
I thought about it a long time before saying anything, but when a
speaker at a recent conference asked if there were anything we’d secretly be relieved
to let go, it was like God confirming that this was the time to give someone
else the opportunity to serve. I believe
he picked my replacement, and I know she will do a good job.
What about you. Are you over-committed? Is there
anything you’d be relieved to hand over to someone else?
Think about it.
everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecc.
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